With Denton defeating Saginaw Boswell in the final game of the regular season to forge a tie for third place between the Broncos and Saginaw Chisholm Trail, a tiebreaker had to be played to decide the third and fourth seeds in the District 5-5A playoff picture.
As the Denton Broncos prepared for the Class 5A Region I track and field meet starting today in Lubbock, they were running a fine line between confidence and arrogance.
FORT WORTH — Following each game, win or lose, first-year Lake Dallas coach Amber Tramp grips a white binder filled with her team’s season and game goals. She white-knuckles it after a loss, and she has a much lighter grip following a big win.
For the second consecutive game Denton struggled to find its offensive rhythm, and on Friday at Cotton Nix Field against last-place Azle, the Broncos had their opportunities but couldn’t exploit the Hornets until the District 5-5A game was out of hand.
Heading to the bottom of the seventh down 2-0 to Wichita Falls Rider, the Denton Broncos didn’t want to be on the wrong end of a perfect game. The Raiders’ Koby Hott was three outs away from sending the Broncos to their third district loss.
As the Denton Broncos exited their home dugout, it was a somber mood as each player shoved his equipment into a bag.
It appears the Denton Broncos are hitting their stride this season after beginning their season with one win in their first 13 games. Since then, they’ve won seven of their past eight games, are now tied for first place in District 5-5A and are on a five-game winning streak.
Ryan’s lack of production at the plate makes it fair to wonder how long the Raiders can keep eking out wins against a tough district slate that is still anyone’s for the taking heading into Friday’s round of games.
When Denton and Lake Dallas met in the bi-district round of the playoffs a season ago, the veteran Lady Falcons blitzed the untested Lady Broncos in the first half and rolled to a 3-0 victory. Holding a bit more experience and plenty of motivation, it was Denton that was able to turn the tables a year later.
After kicking off play in District 5-5A with three games on the road, the Denton Broncos returned to Cotton Nix Field on Thursday night. Behind a dominating performance by junior Raine Richter on the mound, the Broncos knocked off Saginaw 6-0.
As the Denton-area slate of playoff soccer kicks off today, Denton and Lake Dallas are set to rekindle a rivalry that saw the Lady Falcons end the Lady Broncos’ season 3-0 in the first round a year ago.
Vivian Gray and Madison Ralston, two key cogs in Argyle’s state championship win from earlier this month, highlight a trio of Denton-area standouts recently named to the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches all-state teams.
In its regular-season finale at Bronco Field, Denton saw district champion Wichita Falls as a perfect test for its impending playoff run. The Lady Coyotes haven’t lost in District 5-5A play, and the Lady Broncos and Wichita Falls Rider round out the cream of the crop.
As the Denton Lady Broncos wind down their regular season, their offense is beginning to find consistency, and their confidence is growing.
Boasting District 5-5A’s No. 2 defense and a win over Denton this season, Wichita Falls Rider has had a knack for playing the Broncos very tight in recent years.
Seven Denton-area boys basketball teams begin the journey through the UIL playoffs tonight and tomorrow while two area girls teams move into the regional quarterfinals.
SAGINAW — Trailing by eight points in the second half Monday, the Denton Lady Broncos did just about everything right the rest of the way to get themselves back in the game.
Krum coach Stacey Lucas didn’t say it’s state or bust this season. But her team certainly looks the part.
For eight Denton-area girls basketball teams, the win-and-advance season, better known as the UIL state playoffs, gets under way today and tomorrow.
As the Denton Broncos enter the final stretch of District 5-5A play, they are preparing to hopefully make a deep playoff run, but they are also revving up to achieve something that hasn’t happened in 25 years.
In a showdown for first place in District 5-5A, the Denton Lady Broncos tried to put their bad luck against Wichita Falls Rider over the past few years behind them by attempting to control play to frustrate the offensively gifted Lady Raiders.
On Tuesday against Azle, which is winless in District 5-5A play, Denton was forcing turnovers at its usual high rate.
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS — In an overcrowded room of eager coaches and school district officials, Ryan coach Dave Henigan positioned himself in front of a large projection screen.
There were several junctures in Tuesday’s District 5-5A matchup at which Denton coach Harold Jackson told his team to ease up on its defensive pedigree.
Denton had a double-digit lead at halftime and as high as seven in the final quarter of the Broncos’ first crucial District 5-5A test against Wichita Falls Rider.
In one of the most prolific years of playoff runs for teams in the Denton area, two players from Denton and one from Lake Dallas were named to The Associated Press’ Class 5A all-state team Wednesday.
After last week’s six-point loss to Trophy Club Nelson dropped Denton to 3-8, Lady Broncos coach Erin Taylor directed her team’s focus to the future.